Undergraduate Business Students Gain Global Perspective
July 29, 2010
The group viewing the production of parmigiano
The program was directed by Luca Donno, adjunct professor teaching in the management and management science departments. The course included three hours of class time each day along with organized field trips to some of Italy's most prominent companies to observe and experience business operations and management firsthand.
One of the field trips included a visit to the Ferrero S.p.A. factory in Alba, manufacturer of Rocher Chocolates, Nutella, Tic Tac mints, and other confectioner products. Students toured the facilities and had the opportunity to ask company executives questions on topics ranging from production to marketing.
Students also visited the Ferrarini S.p.A. factory in Reggio Emilia. The company is one of the world's leading ham, Parmigiano Reggiano, and balsamic vinegar producers and exporters. "The students were in awe at the sight of 33,000 rounds of Parmigiano Reggiano stacked on the aging racks soaring 40 feet in the air. To see the operations of this international company firsthand was an experience that can never be duplicated in the classroom." said Karen Donno, senior advisor for Undergraduate Business Programs who coordinated the trip.
During the trip students climbed the stairs to the top
Students earned management course credits and could select an additional course in Italian theater and culture taught by Maria Stampino, associate professor of the University's department of modern languages and literatures.
The students included Manuel Carreno, Lizette, Castillo, Michael Chen, David Chonillo, Vincent DeJesus, Michaelangelo Dooley, Trevor Fiorentino, Meaghan Gaynor, Tavis Goodnight, Lisette Hichez, Jacques Lucas, Taylor Ponder, Samantha Post, Natalie Rodriguez, Nicholas Turner, and Mariam Zafar.